"Hirschler has the right balance of being “big enough, but not too big.” We have the bench depth and subject matter expertise to handle sophisticated transactions on a national level, but every single lawyer at Hirschler is on a first name basis with every other lawyer—from the newest associate to the president of the firm. With our middle-market focus, my clients are all “real” business owners, private equity managers or CEOs who are making actual decisions based on my advice and counsel. At Hirschler, you won’t just be a cog in the machine." Rod Simmons, Partner and former Summer Associate
The primary goals of our summer program are to provide clerks with opportunities to understand and engage in our daily practice and to become acquainted with our lawyers, staff and the metropolitan Richmond area. Clerks typically work in our Richmond office for eight weeks beginning in mid-May, but also have opportunities to work with our Fredericksburg and Tysons teams.
360º View of Our Summer Program
Summer clerks substantively contribute to ongoing projects for existing clients. Our summer clerks should expect to undertake projects across all practice areas in the firm. Projects are assigned to summer clerks based on their practice areas of interest. We anticipate that summer clerks will have the opportunity to:
- Prepare for and attend trials, depositions, arbitrations, mediations, and negotiations;
- Participate in business transactions, real estate closings, zoning hearings, and client meetings; and
- Draft pleadings and a variety transactional documents.
In addition to exposure to Hirschler’s diverse legal practice, summer clerks are included in section meetings and other firm events. Our objective is to provide summer clerks numerous opportunities to experience both our practice and our culture. Summer clerks should complete the program with a realistic appreciation for life as a full-time associate at Hirschler.
Getting To Know Our Team
We host a variety of social activities throughout the program to give our summer clerks the opportunity to become acquainted with our attorneys and staff outside the office. These gatherings range from large events – such as baseball games, cooking classes and city experiences – to smaller events at local venues and in attorneys' homes. Many of these activities include spouses or significant others and children.
A Chance To Shine
Because the firm makes a concerted effort to assess its growth within practice groups before the recruiting season begins, the size of our summer clerk program varies from year to year. The firm strategically hires the appropriate number of summer clerks based on projected need. Thus, we strive to maintain a culture not of competition, but instead, to inspire confidence that quality performance will result in an offer of full-time employment.
What To Expect
Our summer program is designed to provide summer clerks the ability to directly influence their experience. For example, a summer clerk may have a contract drafting project at the same time they are also assisting with trial preparation. Our hope is that by the end of the program, summer clerks will have a better idea of their practice area preferences following graduation.
Each summer clerk will have two mentors -- a partner and an associate. Mentors will expose summer clerks to their practices, coordinate work assignments that align with the summer clerks' interests, and provide a forum to answer questions. After completion of a project, mentors will offer feedback from the assigning attorney(s).
Examples of recent summer projects include:
- Draft a seller non-competition and non-solicitation agreement in connection with the acquisition of a business;
- Determine how a British unincorporated association would be categorized under Virginia law (i.e., as a general or limited partnership);
- Review operating agreements, prepare membership interest transfer agreements, and prepare consents of manager in connection with an equity buyout;
- Research whether the owner of a landlocked parcel has the right to use a state-owned, abandoned road and whether that right can be conveyed;
- Review a deed of trust to determine whether there are provisions regarding promises of cooperation or time constraints on the lender for written consent for use of the land;
- Compose a letter to seller, including reasons for withdrawal from a purchase agreement and remedies sought by client;
- Draft a Complaint on Breach of Contract and Breach of Guaranty;
- Research TILA Rescission standards and draft comprehensive memorandum regarding same; and
- Draft Motion to Dismiss for matter pending in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
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Contact Lauren Deacon, Director of Legal Recruiting and Development, with any questions.
Hirschler’s Recruiting Committee is responsible for selecting summer clerks, overseeing the summer program and, ultimately, making recommendations to the Board of Directors about full-time hiring decisions.
2023 Recruiting Committee
Lisa Hedrick (Hiring Officer), Nate Story (Recruiting Vice Chair), Ambika Biggs, Andrew Clark, Brian Jackson, Brittany Falabella, Janie Rhoads, Brian Daly, Josh Kelly, Dave Lionberger, Kristin Shields, Andrea Marafatsos, Rod Simmons, and Lauren Deacon.
Our Recruiting Committee recruits only the highest caliber students. Hirschler looks for students with diverse backgrounds and experiences who can offer meaningful contributions to the firm’s collaborative approach to providing legal services to sophisticated clients. Successful summer clerks will demonstrate their ability to take initiative, think critically and propose creative solutions to client challenges.
Where you spend your summer is an important decision, and we want you to be well informed. Here we answer some of the frequently asked questions we receive about our program.
Q: What levels do you recruit for your summer program?
A: We recruit second-year law students for our summer program. The firm is a member of the National Association for Law Placement, Inc. (NALP) and follows its Principles and Standards for Law Placement and Recruiting.
Q: Where do you recruit?
A: In the fall of each year, we interview second-year students on the campuses of law schools throughout Virginia. We also solicit and review resumes from students attending schools at which we are not conducting on-campus interviews. In evaluating resumes, we consider academic performance, extracurricular activities, leadership involvement, recommendations, and prior experience.
Q: What are callback interviews like?
A: For callback interviews, we invite candidates to participate in our "Open House." Candidates have an opportunity in the evening to meet informally with a number of our attorneys during a cocktail party at an attorney's home. In the morning, students interview with additional attorneys in our offices, after which, they are invited to lunch, followed by some free time to tour the Richmond area. We provide hotel accommodations and will reimburse reasonable travel expenses for students who travel from outside Central Virginia.
Q: How many of your summer clerks are offered regular associate positions?
A: We are often asked about the percentage of our summer clerks who receive offers for employment as associates. There is no simple answer to that question because it depends on the projected associate hiring needs of the firm as well as the quality of each summer clerk's product. For the past several years, we have made full-time offers of employment to the majority of our summer clerks.
Q: How To Apply
Second-year law students interested in applying for the Hirschler Summer Program may click here.